Green issues get a lot of press these days, but you may not know about some of the green initiatives currently underway at District 97 schools.

The schools are implementing outdoor composting programs, replacing paper towel dispensers with electric hand dryers and reusing lunchroom trays rather than discarding them. Much of the equipment for these initiatives has been paid for with grant money secured by green teams at the individual schools, along with help from local green organization Seven Generations Ahead.

The latest initiative at Beye Elementary School takes it one step further by generating cash for trash. Beye School has begun collecting juice pouches (like Capri Sun) and will receive cash back after mailing them to a recycler.

Instead of ending up in a landfill, the recycled juice pouches will be used to make recycled products. See TerraCycle.net for more information.

See your local elementary school for some real-world green efforts that are making a difference.

Karl Lauger
Oak Park

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